Testing Opt Out Press Conference

We joined with the Chicago Teachers Union on Tuesday, March 12, for an opt out of IAR press conference at Hernandez Middle School: “CPS test undercuts newly arrived immigrant children, charge teachers.”  Here is our 2019 Standardized Testing and Opt Out Toolkit which contains an explanation of the "new" IL state test, IL Assessment of Readiness or IAR, as well as opt out resources in both English and Spanish. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 3.8.2019: #ZombiePARCC 🧟 Testing could start Monday! RYH Opt Out Toolkit with Spanish resources added- check it out!

The window for the IL Assessment of Readiness (IAR) opens Monday, March 11. Use this weekend to review our 2019 Toolkit for Standardized Testing and Opt Out to learn more about this “new” assessment and how you can #ChooseToRefuse #ZombiePARCC! 🧟 The three main resources are now translated into Spanish: Q & A, Notification Letter of Refusal (scroll to p. 2), and Refusal Cards- all three can be found in the Toolkit. Continue reading

RYH Presents Report to the BOE: Improving Nursing Care in CPS, 2.27.19

At the February 27, 2019, unelected CPS Board of Education meeting, RYH delivered a parent research report entitled Improving Nursing Care in Chicago Public Schools: Creative and Meaningful Solutions Left on the Table. You can find the report here. Below are the prepared statements from three RYH parents who delivered the report and explained the need for a complete overhaul of the CPS nursing design system. The fourth prepared statement below includes several questions from RYH on various CPS issues such as the ARA meetings, an overhaul of SQRP which hasn't involved parents, and implementation of a new IL CPS facilities law.  You can find 3 videos of our speakers, plus a video of the CPS BOE and Central Office discussion after our 3 speakers here. Continue reading

Letter to ISBE from The Advocates Group, February 26, 2019

On February 26, 2019, Raise Your Hand and other members of the Advocates Group sent a letter to the IL State Board of Education (ISBE) prior to their meeting which included an update from the ISBE Monitor. It has been nine months since the ISBE public inquiry into CPS special education found that CPS delayed, denied, and withheld services to students with disabilities- and this continues. Please read the letter below. WBEZ: Chicago Special Ed Parents Say Students Still Being Denied Services Continue reading

This Week in Ed 2.22.19: VOTE! And then get ready to opt out of the #ZombiePARCC 🧟!

Be an informed voter! Chicago’s Municipal Election is Tuesday, February 26. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 2.8.19: Get ready for the #ZombiePARCC! 🧟

As we go through our exciting new RYH changes, we plan to send an email newsletter every other week. Please sign up to receive these newsletters here. You can read the one sent Friday, February 8, 2019, below.  Continue reading

9 Years of Fighting for TIF Reform: Tell your alderman to #RejectTheMegaTIFs

Below is an email we sent with our sister org, Raise Your Hand Action, on January 30, 2019. RYH and more recently, our sister-org, RYH Action have been leading the fight for TIF reform in Chicago for 9 years. One of our first campaigns in 2010 was delivering 5,000 letters and emails to Mayor Daley demanding he declare a TIF surplus to help plug the budget hole at CPS. This led to over $90M being returned to the schools. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 1.25.19: RYH Research Report Details Barriers to HS Access for CPS Students with Disabilities

On Wednesday, we delivered a report entitled, “High School Application and Placement for Chicago Public Schools Students with Disabilities” to the unelected CPS BOE. This 18 page report shows major barriers to CPS HS access for the most vulnerable students. For example, 31% of high schools have a minimum NWEA score requirement to apply. See the Key Findings & Recommendations and find a link to the full report here. Read our statements to the BOE when delivering this report here. Continue reading

RYH Presents Report on HS Application & Placement for CPS Students with Disabilities to the BOE, 1.23.19

At the January 2019 monthly meeting of the unelected CPS Board of Education, Raise Your Hand presented a report entitled, "High School Application and Placement for Chicago Public School Students with Disabilities." You can find a summary of the report here as well as a link to the full 18 page report. Below are the three prepared RYH testimonies given to the BOE to present the report and to explain its findings, including recommendations for the CPS district, CPS Elementary and High Schools, and CPS Parents of Students with Disabilities.  Continue reading

RYH Bookclub! Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing The World

We’re excited to be hosting multiple book groups of Winners Take All- The Elite Charade of Changing the World by author Anand Giridharadas over the next few weeks! Continue reading